Upcoming changes for this policy
This content will be strengthened so it more completely reflects our commitment to practice framed by te Tiriti o Waitangi, based on a mana-enhancing paradigm for practice, and drawing from Te Ao Māori principles of oranga to support mana tamaiti, whakapapa and whanaungatanga. We each need to consider how we can apply these principles to our practice when reading this policy. The following resources provide support:
Practice for working effectively with Māori
Our practice shift
Child study timeframes
You must ensure that the whānau or family is aware of the potentially long timeframes for getting a child study report from overseas and ask them to consider the impact of this on te tamaiti and themselves.
Placement of te tamaiti before adoption
The social worker must inform the whānau or family that they need to carefully consider the attachments of te tamaiti before they make any arrangements to place te tamaiti in a temporary situation either in the country of origin or in New Zealand, on the assumption that an adoption will occur.
Often these steps have already been taken before an enquiry about an intercountry adoption is received.
It's the responsibility of the whānau or family of te tamaiti who have made arrangements to ensure that the emotional, health and education needs of te tamaiti are met while the intercountry adoption application is in process.
The social worker must explain to the whānau or family that the life of te tamaiti shouldn't be unnecessarily displaced or put on hold because of a potential intercountry adoption.
If te tamaiti is in immediate need of care and protection
An adoption application isn't an appropriate process to address insecurity of care if te tamaiti appears in immediate need of care or protection.
If there are identified concerns for the safety and wellbeing of te tamaiti in their current care, the family/whanau should inform the appropriate child welfare authorities in the country of residence of te tamaiti about the situation.
If there are no designated child protection services in the home country of te tamaiti, the whānau or family should seek an alternative intermediate solution to ensure security of care for this tamaiti.